Consider a scientific thinker and a creative thinker. How might the two people approach a problem differently? The scientific thinker may be looking for quantitative data to determine the scope of the problem, while the creative thinker may be pondering possible effects of the problem that a person unable to think “outside of the box” may not consider. Others may think emotionally, logically, optimistically, pessimistically, divergently or convergent. The astute decision maker takes thinking styles into account in framing a problem. Diversity in thinking styles can open the door to new ways of viewing problems that lead to innovative solutions. Many factors influence the way a problem is perceived, defined, and evaluated. Critical thinkers use their knowledge of the critical thinking components to assess a problem from many viewpoints.
What are some advantages of considering all the possible effects of the problem before trying to solve it?